Bike Week Marred by Motorcycle Accidents
Posted on March 13, 2017
There were a number of motorcycle accidents in Bike Week 2017 that caused much congestion on the roads of Volusia and Flagler counties in Florida. One crash that occurred caused two bikers to suffer severe, non-life-threatening injuries. The collision occurred at 3:05 p.m. when Keith Mercer, age 41, of Jacksonville, and Sebastian Bond, age 36, of Austell, were among a large group of bikers on Interstate 95.
They were headed south when the driver of a vehicle lost control south of the group at mile marker 285. The two bikers tried to avoid colliding with the vehicle, and in so doing, crashed into each other, and were thrown from their motorcycles.
There was another crash that involved several cars and motorcycles at U.S. 1 and Benton Street in Ormond Beach. It took place at approximately 5:00 p.m., close to Destination Daytona. One person was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert. Other collisions happened throughout Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, DeLand, and Oak Hill. In New Smyrna Beach, a male motorist and female passenger were thrown from a motorcycle at State Road 415 and Rasley Road.
Previously, during the first weekend of Bike Week, a woman crashed her motorcycle, and died at the scene. The tragic accident occurred on the morning of Sunday, March 12th, in the 1900 block of West International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. According to AAA, Florida is the leading state for motorcycle fatalities. Since 2014 – 2015, deadly motorcycle collisions have risen by 30 percent.
Rafael Vega, the Riding Academy manager for Orlando Harley Davidson, stated that part of the issue is that people do not give themselves a sufficient amount of time or adequate room between motorists when they make errors. He also cited helmets as one of the principal reasons people survive motorcycle crashes. It is important to wear protective eye gear and a helmet that can help prevent injury to the skull as well as serious trauma from contact with the ground.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, or lost a loved one, due to the negligence of another motorist, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner.